Friday Night Showcase

Join us as we bring Challenge Wanaka back into the centre of town for one night only! 

The night will kick off with our mini event for pre-schoolers, open to all children 5 and under. The finale will see the pros battling it out in our Elite race – The Twilight Challenge – in and around Pembroke Park!

Race Day: The Challenge Wanaka Showcase has been cancelled for 2022 – watch this space for further information on 2023!


The Design Windows Twilight Challenge

Don’t miss out on our headline Elite Sprint event. We will be welcoming top elites from New Zealand and Australia to battle it out on this brand new course. Our 2022 line up includes our very own Olympic Bronze Medalist Hayden Wilde.


$2000 1st female & male

$1500 2nd female & male

$1000 3rd female & male

$500 4th female & male

* Withholding Tax will be deducted from prize money as per the IRD guidelines

Criteria for Elites:

Athletes must have competed in one of the following:

  • ITU race
  • National Series Tri race in either NZ or Australia
  • Be part of a Regional squad (Canterbury,, Queensland, NSW etc), this will be vetted by Tony Dodds however

If you fulfil the criteria, please send  your expression of interest to Tony Dodds who will process your entry – [email protected]

Swim Course – 750m

The one-lap swim is directly off the beach in Wanaka town, within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a deep water start swimming in a clockwise direction with a total of two turn buoys.

Bike Course – 15km (5 laps)

The 5 lap bike course leaves transition and heads along Ardmore street, past the crowds of spectators and the stunning Pembroke Park. Cyclists will turn up McDougall Street and head to the turn around point. They will then head along to Meadowstone Drive before turning around and heading back along Ardmore Street to the turnaround point at transition.

The race is draft legal as per Tri NZ rules.

Run – 5km (3 laps)

The 3 lap run course will see athletes running out along Ardmore Street, again past the crowd of spectators. Mirroring the bike course, runners will head up McDougall Street to the turnaround point, where they will then head back down to Ardmore Street, and head back along Ardmore Street to transition and completing lap 1.

The Puzzling World Challenge Wanaka Mini

The Puzzling World Challenge Wanaka Mini organised by Sport Central is open to all children 5 years old and under. Setting off in age groups, the participants will get to slide, wheel and/ or stride their way to the finish line where the red carpet and official event chute will be waiting. It is encouraged that each participant has one caregiver* to partake alongside them. Online registrations open soon (check back here for the link) and are $5 or enter on the day with cash at the registration tent for $8 from 3.30pm.  

*Please note that this caregiver must be fully vaccinated unless medically exempt 

The course will be: 

Slide (Water Slide) – 15 metres 

Ride (Scoot/ Bike)  – 200 metres

Stride (Run/ Walk/ Dance) – 100 metres


3.15 – 3.45 Puzzling World Challenge Wanaka Mini registration
4.00 Puzzling World Challenge Wanaka Mini start
4.15 Puzzling World Challenge Wanaka Mini finish
4.30 – 5.15pm Elite woman registration and bike racking
5.15pm Elite woman briefing
5.30 pm Elite woman start
6.30- 6.55pm Elite men registration and bike racking
6.55pm Elite men briefing
7pm Elite men start
8pm prize giving

COURSE MAPS – Twilight Challenge

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COURSE MAP – Mini Challenge

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COVID-19 and Cancellation Policy

For our most up to date COVID and cancellation policy please go to our Entry Information Page.